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Canadian Natural Gas Pipeline Gets Federal Backing

However, the 800-mile project, — spearheaded by Royal Dutch Shell, ConocoPhillips and Exxon Mobil — jumped a major hurdle late Wednesday.

As of Jan 1, 2010, Daily Dilbert no longer available on Shell Online

This just in from Shell online… Change to Daily Dilbert cartoon Please note: As of January 1, 2010, Daily Dilbert is no longer available on the Shell Online homepage itself. Instead, those wishing to access the cartoon can do so by visiting the external site Although polls have shown that Dilbert has been one […]

The Gripe Stuff: Site Is Immune From Libel For User Posts

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the federal Communications Decency Act gives the site immunity from liability for libel based on posts by users. The ruling upholds a decision issued last year by U.S. District Court Judge Gerald Bruce Lee in Alexandria, Va.

Time to redraw the battle lines

Financial Times By Hugh Williamson Published: December 30 2009 22:06 It is dusk in London and Amnesty International has mobilised hundreds of protesters in its campaign against Shell’s allegedly damaging business practices in the Niger Delta. They march in a snake formation, some carrying flaming torches, others a replica pipeline on their shoulders. Their aim […]

Potential avalanche of Nigerian legal cases against Shell

Shell gas flaring in the Niger Delta. The practice has proved controversial. Photograph: Pius Otomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images Shell must face Friends of the Earth Nigeria claim in Netherlands Shell disappointed at Hague court ruling on Oruma oil spill compensation case Terry Macalister, Wednesday 30 December 2009 22.00 GMT A judge in the Netherlands has […]

Sakhalin Energy (Once owned by Shell) Beats Targets for LNG, Crude Loading

Russia, holder of the world’s biggest gas reserves, in February inaugurated an LNG plant on Sakhalin Island, entering Asia Pacific markets after relying on pipelines to Europe for decades. The $22 billion Sakhalin-2 project began year-round oil exports in December last year after previously being limited to seasonal shipments because of ice. Sakhalin-2 partners, who include Royal Dutch Shell Plc, had planned to send 55 LNG tankers from the plant this year. Gazprom owns 50 percent plus one share of Sakhalin Energy, while Shell owns 27.5 percent, Mitsui & Co. 12.5 percent and Mitsubishi Corp. 10 percent.

Dutch court to take on Shell Nigeria cases

AMSTERDAM, Dec 30 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) and its Nigerian unit will face compensation demands in a Dutch court for alleged damage caused by oil spills in Nigeria after the court ruled on Wednesday it was competent to handle the cases.

Dutch Court Can Rule On Oil Leaks Case Shell Nigeria

AMSTERDAM -(Dow Jones)- A Dutch court Wednesday said it has jurisdiction to rule on alleged oil spills by Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s (RDSB) subsidiary in Nigeria, a ruling which could set a legal precedent for multinationals in the Netherlands.

John Donovan Russian intervention cost billions – no denial by Shell

Documents released by Royal Dutch Shell Plc under the Data Protection Act to John Donovan, a prominent critic of the world’s largest oil company, show that Shell does not deny that his intervention in the Sakhalin2 project in Russia cost Shell billions – according to the Sunday Times – $22 billion. Shell internal correspondence from […]

Shell CEO Voser just another BS merchant

QUOTE FROM ROYAL DUTCH SHELL CEO PETER VOSER IN A COMMENT TO SHELL EMPLOYEES: “I was very positively surprised by how you kept your eyes on the operational performance — on the day-to-day job you had to do — while going through the uncertainties of the last few months…” Introduction by John Donovan: Printed below […]

U.S. biotech Codexis files for $100 million IPO

Equilon Enterprises LLC, d.b.a. Shell Oil Products US, and tied to Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS-A) is also listed as a top holder with 19.95% of the company prior to this offering.

Maryland State Retirement and Pension System drops Shell holdings over Iran

Pensions&Investments Md. drops Shell holdings over Iran December 28, 2009, 12:01 AM ET Maryland State Retirement and Pension System, Baltimore, divested more than 1 million shares of common stock valued at more than $38.3 million and $3.5 million in bonds of Royal Dutch Shell and its affiliates because the company does business in Iran, the […]

Shell dilemma over Iraq Iran oil well stand off

By John Donovan Extracts from a current Reuters report… Iraqi and Iranian forces are dug in on either side of a disputed inactive oil well in the sensitive border area, with Iraqis vowing to fight if necessary to fend off another occupation of the well by Iranian soldiers. The seizure of the well, which Iraq […]

Shell pension fund manager takes 20% of hybrid power firm

Shell Asset Management Co., the manager of Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s various pension funds, has taken its stake in hybrid electric power company Enova Systems to almost 20% following a $10 million capital raising exercise.

Suspected Terrorist Tried to Blow Up Plane, U.S. Says

Nigeria, whose population of about 140 million people makes it Africa’s most populous country, is almost evenly split between the mainly Muslim north and a largely Christian south. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, or MEND, said Dec. 19 it attacked a pipeline in the southern oil region used by Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Chevron Corp.

Shell’s endorsement of

Extract from a Shell internal email regarding our article: “An email to Bill O’Reilly at Fox News: Shell’s treachery in Iran“ read more

Unique relationship between Shell shareholder activist and Royal Dutch Shell continues

By John Donovan Printed below is an email reply received yesterday from Royal Dutch Shell Plc Company Secretary & General Counsel Corporate, Michiel Brandjes (right) together with my self-explanatory, constructive response sent today. Any further response from Mr Brandjes will be published. On 22 Dec 2009, at 11:18, [email protected] wrote: Dear Mr Donovan, Thank you […]

Email correspondence with Royal Dutch Shell Company Sec, Michiel Brandjes

By John Donovan Reference my recent email, I received yesterday an email response from Michiel Brandjes, Company Secretary and General Counsel Corporate of Royal Dutch Shell Plc. I will publish it later today along with my reply, which will reveal more information from the remarkable Shell internal documents the company was compelled to provide, following […]

MICHAEL DWYER, shot dead in Bolivia, worked in security on Shell Corrib project

MICHAEL DWYER, the Tipperary man shot dead in Bolivia, worked in security on the Shell Corrib project with a Hungarian associate of the main …

Corrib and the art of bog building

But the officials didn’t even stop to blink. They tipped their forelocks to the oil executives, gave a two-finger salute (metaphorically speaking, of course) to the local residents and told the hearing they were entirely satisfied with the project. The rest, as they say, is history

Payments delayed in Shell Oil settlement

Dec. 22, 2009 By Jon Krenek [email protected] 815-937-3370 There won’t be a check from Shell Oil in the mailboxes of Limestone Township residents this Christmas. All the payments to class-action claimants in the record-breaking $46 million settlement over a 1988 Shell Oil gasoline pipeline spill are being tied up in a legal appeal. FULL ARTICLE

Shell still in litigation regarding its plans to drill on the Outer Continental Shelf

In March, Northern Economics released a study on the impact of drilling. It was paid for by Shell Oil, the largest lease holder in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas, and showed that OCS development would employ 35,000 people annually over the next 50 years. The North Slope Borough questioned the reality of those numbers.

Chinese in £3bn battle to buy Shell assets in Nigeria

Two Chinese government-controlled companies are among front-runners in a £3 billion battle for control of oil assets in Nigeria that have been put up for sale by Royal Dutch Shell.

Nigeria Says Shell Will Need Government Approval to Sell Assets

Dec. 21 (Bloomberg) — Nigeria’s Oil Minister said Royal Dutch Shell Plc will need government approval to sell oilfields following a report that it plans to sell as much as $5 billion of assets in the West African nation.


Since I know from our contact with you over recent years that you are normally an unfailingly polite and efficient Company Secretary, I suspect that this change results from criticism you have received internally for being “a bit too enthusiastic about responding to Donovan…:” Apparently one of your colleagues – I can guess who – is jealous at the praise you have received on our website.

Nigeria kept in the dark by Shell

REUTERS Nigeria says not aware of any Shell oil sale plans Nick Tattersall LAGOS Mon Dec 21, 2009 3:52am EST LAGOS (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) has not informed the government of any plans to sell oil fields in Nigeria, as reported by several newspapers over the weekend, Minister of State for Petroleum Odein […]

Another housing estate poisoned by a Shell legacy of toxic contamination

Since the contamination was discovered almost four months ago, most of the 275 homeowners in the Carousel tract have signed on to a lawsuit against Shell Oil. The Carousel development is north of Lomita Boulevard, between Marbella and Panama avenues.

Shell Signs Letter of Intent for N.Z. Asset Sale

Dec. 21 (Bloomberg) — Royal Dutch Shell Plc has signed a letter of intent to sell its New Zealand downstream assets to Infratil Ltd. and the Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation, Infratil said today.

Chinese companies vie for Shell Nigerian assets

An insider familiar with the talks said that Shell was likely to sell the fields in individual transactions in the first half of 2010.

Shell CEO Voser on Climate Change

Business chiefs hit at climate agreement By Ed Crooks and Fiona Harvey in Copenhagen Published: December 20 2009 19:26 | Last updated: December 20 2009 21:39 EXTRACTS Global energy businesses are disappointed and confused by the climate deal agreed in Copenhagen, saying it does not provide enough certainty to justify the huge investments needed to […]

Shell transferring thousands of jobs to India, Philippines

It’s unclear how many of Shell’s 13,000 employees in Houston will be affected by the migration plans. Partly, that’s because company officials are still deciding which jobs will stay or go abroad, and are rolling out the plans in phases that run into next year. But at least a few divisions in Houston are preparing to be downsized dramatically.

Shell plans £3bn sale in Nigeria

The Sunday Times // <![CDATA[ // -1?’https:’:’http:’; var WlUrl= WlProtocol +’//’ +WlRnd; document.write(”); // ]]> // <![CDATA[ // December 20, 2009 Royal Dutch Shell, the oil giant, has launched a shake-up of its controversial operations in Nigeria by offering oilfields valued at up to $5 billion (£3.1 billion) for sale. The auction comes as Nigeria […]

Shell Nigeria has no reports of attack on facilities

Sat Dec 19, 2009 1:51pm GMT LAGOS, Dec 19 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) said on Saturday it had no reports of attacks on facilities operated by its SPDC joint venture in Nigeria, following a claim by militants to have struck an oil pipeline overnight. “At this time we don’t have reports of our […]

Mysterious departure of Mark Hurley from Shell Motiva Norco

Makes us wonder here at Norco, when they are going to announce we have been sold. They are doing the Band-Aid approach painting things and fixing things that been needing it for a long time. No major repairs only those that you would do if you were going to sell your house.

Royal Dutch Shell restructuring creates 86 HR VP’s

FROM A SHELL INSIDER John Do you know how many VP’s there are now in Shell HR? EIGHTY SIX… All ruthless offspring sired by the windbag Hofmeister. In the UK they would all be called FitzHR  or similar because most are bastards. (But a Fitz is a royal bastard I believe? )

Shell slyly migrating American jobs to India and the Philippines

POSTING BY A SHELL INSIDER: “JO BLOW” The state of Accountability within Royal Swiss err.. I mean Dutch Shell After the recent announcements concerning moving more of the finance functions to shared service centers in India and Manilla I thought now would be a perfect time to make a few points that are obvious to […]

NAM postpones Dutch gas drilling project

AMSTERDAM, Dec 18 (Reuters) – The Dutch NAM oil joint venture, owned by Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) and Exxon Mobil (XOM.N), said on Friday it would postpone plans to drill three gas fields near an island off the coast of the Netherlands.

Maryland drops Shell holdings over Iran ties

Maryland State Retirement and Pension System, Baltimore, divested more than 1 million shares of common stock valued at over $38.3 million and $3.5 million in bonds of Royal Dutch Shell and its affiliates because the company does business in Iran, the $31.8 billion system announced today.

Shell Plans to Grow Aggressively in India

NEW DELHI — Shell India Ltd. plans to expand “aggressively” as it keeps pace with accelerating fuel consumption in the world’s second-fastest-growing economy, Shell India Chairman Vikram Singh Mehta said Friday.

Obama hands Alaskan drilling rights to Shell

Barack Obama’s administration has granted Shell the right to drill for oil in the environmentally sensitive seas off Alaska during the middle of climate change negotiations in Copenhagen.

In Exxon Deal, Signs of the New Gusher

For major oil companies like Exxon, Shell, BP or Chevron, who have found it tough to increase their production and reserves on their own, big acquisitions offer a quick way to expand their operations after amassing mountains of cash in recent years.

Former Shell EP boss Walter van de Vijver gets another job

Reliance names ex-Shell executive overseas head BLOOMBERG Thu, Dec 17 2009. New Delhi: Reliance Industries Ltd appointed Walter van de Vijver as chief executive officer of its overseas business. Van de Vijver replaces Atul Chandra as head of Reliance’s overseas business. He was the former exploration chief at Royal Dutch Shell Plc till 2004. SOURCE […]

Shell shuffle likely won’t affect Motiva

That does not mean 5,000 employees of Shell’s 13,000 employees in the Houston area will be “transitioning” abroad, Op De Weegh said. Shell has 21,000 employees in the United States.

Shell’s promise of a bright future turns out to be yet another false dawn

Fred Pearce, Thursday 17 December 2009 07.00 GMT Shell drip-feeds its environmental ‘credentials’ to the public. Photograph: James Boardman Editors must love Shell. Almost whatever I have read about climate change and the UN talks in Copenhagen in recent weeks, it has been flanked by the familiar Shell logo somewhere in the background. From […]

Shell lawyers prepared to give false information to Fox News

Shell also said in its statement that the company had “always refrained from commenting on specific issues raised by the Donovans…” This was to put it politely, totally untrue. Shell has often supplied us with comment for publication in respect of specific issues.

Leaked Shell internal documents reveal undisclosed transfer of jobs from U.S. and Canada to India

By BRETT CLANTON Copyright 2009 Houston Chronicle (NOW WITH AN ADDED COMMENT FROM “JO BLOW”) Dec. 15, 2009, 8:40PM Shell shipping Houston jobs overseas Royal Dutch Shell has publicly announced it will slash 5,000 jobs by year end—including “hundreds” in Houston—as part of a sweeping reorganization new CEO Peter Voser said is needed to make […]

Royal Dutch Shell branded world’s second worst corporate lobbyist for heavily polluting oil sands industry

Oil companies have come under pressure at Copenhagen to scale back investment in production from tar sands, as Royal Dutch Shell was branded the world’s second worst corporate lobbyist for its support of the industry.

Legal challenge to Shell’s drilling plans in Beaufort and Chukchi Sea

The case follows up on a prior challenge to an earlier exploration plan proposed by Shell in 2007.

Alaska groups sue to stop offshore drilling

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A coalition of environmental groups and Arctic communities has filed a second lawsuit aimed at blocking a Shell Oil subsidiary from drilling in the Beaufort Sea.

Shell: Mulls Sale Of Gothenburg, Sweden Refinery

December 15, 2009 LONDON (Dow Jones)–Oil major Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSB) may sell its Gothenburg refinery and marketing operations in Sweden, the company said Tuesday. “Shell has started to gauge potential interest in the Gothenburg refinery and marketing businesses,” company spokeswoman Kirsten Smart said in an emailed statement. “It is very early days and […]

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